* 37 Yrs.-Coopworth Sheep!                    WOOL          20 Yrs.-Highland Coos!           

...........from Our Sheep to Ewe!       WALKABOUT



Two years of allowing the farm to 'return to nature'
and to embrace being a native habitat for all beings 
native plant and animal life is flourishing...
Weeds are not weeds if they are not perceived as such.  Predators are not predators
unless we take from them their native food supply--
and do not protect our livestock  
which they perceive as food!   

'WILD' areas must be designated...
to revert
 to whatever 
our species-endangered world
WILL nourish and feed!  


This photo, looking north over the Lost River Valley, was taken February 24, 2019 on WALKABOUT overlooking our farm from the top of the hill pasture above our house to the south.  I didn't realize there was a rainbow in the sky until I uploaded the photo to the computer.  You can just barely see Coopworth Sheep (little white dots) grazing above the barn (in the center of the photograph) at the edge of the trees and woods.


Our ~200 acres lie at the base of 'Bald Knob'.  There is a large 'bald' grassy area that is maintained and used for haymaking resting at the peak  of West Mountain.  This mountain is a part of the Lost River watershed.  It lies on the 'Divide' in the easternmost part of Hardy County, West Virginia 4 miles south of Mathias. We have lived here 39+ years. In fact, we have NOW lived here longer than any one family since the 1850's when deeds were recorded and maintained by the county.  The farm elevation is 1800 ft.  West Mountain's elevation is either 2615 or 2715 ft., depending on which map you use for reference.  It snows most years--sometimes less, sometimes more (...this year far less than most years in the past)! Climate change, geologic cycling, and/or global warming--whatever the causes--are delaying the winter's freeze and lessening the snow fall with each year.  Fortunately, the summers remain relatively mild, with daytime temperatures in the 80's-low 90's; and comfortable nighttime temperatures in the 60's-low 70's. 


Our 30 sheep and 3 cattle graze 50+ acres only.  The remaining open and woodland acreage is managed as wildlife habit; we gather just enough firewood from the 'dead and down' trees for our own use. Deer, squirrel, red fox and various song and predator birds thrive here. Coyotes do, as well, but are held at bay (not overtly permitted access to our livestock) by the 'Don't Even Think About It' attitude of our ANATOLIAN Sheep Dogs, "Sissy", "Annie", and little "Mikey"!   Our Farm Shepherd, "Woodrow", passed away this spring; He was 16 years and 2 months old.  I do believe he's still looking over our shoulder and helping to guide our newest pup, "Mikey", to take on the role of BossDog and Guardian of the Wild 'n' Woollies One 'n' All! 


We have not made hay on the farm for many years.  Our shale ground is simply too poor to provide good quality hay for winter feeding.  And there is no crop land.  We purchase large round bales of orchard grass hay for our few remaining 'Highlands', the one horse, and her companion donkey.  We buy alfalfa hay from the same farmer in nearby Broadway, Virginia, to feed our Coopworth sheep during the winter months.  (The horse and donkey are thrilled to get the stems and leftovers!)  


Click on any given photo to enlarge and view it properly....Enjoy!
The little Grey Tree Frog, "Woodrow", has taken up residence on the porch and has occasionally come into the hallway to rest for the day.  He seems to think he is either dog or human in his relations with us and 'the pack'.  We welcome him - and our resident sparrow, "Jack Sparrow", who finds spending the nights curled inside our wrought iron candle holder on the porch most appealing.  Yes, this is a
"wild 'n' woolly wildlife habitat"!